The School of Art, housed within one of the most respected research universities in the United States, offers an unparalleled convergence of contemporary art, technology, and critical discourse. Combining a renowned studio program with the interdisciplinary resources of a cutting-edge research environment, the School of Art bridges the fundamental areas of studio practice with the experimental practices of new media, physical computing, and program-based expression. Esteemed faculty provide an intense, professional-level learning environment that fosters experimentation, boundary crossing, and the development of hybrid processes.

Benchmarks of the School include collaborative relationships with innovative learning environments such as the Center for Arts in Society, the Frank Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry and IDeATE; individual studios for all junior and senior BFAs; 24-hour access to state-of-the-art facilities; and a unique curriculum that includes contextual practice, critical theory, and technology alongside traditional programs in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Designed as one of the most progressive environments for student learning, the School of Art offers its undergraduate students either a BFA degree or a hybrid BXA degree, which allows students to merge the humanities and sciences with their creative practice.

Rated the number six art school in the United States, and number one in the area of time-based and new media, the School stands among the world’s leading art programs. At the graduate level, our MFA program offers exceptional funding and individual studios within a small cohort of serious and focused artists. Every MFA student receives a Graduate Assistantship, guaranteeing hands-on experience in the classroom alongside a dynamic visiting lecture series, tailored graduate coursework, and the capstone thesis exhibition.

Distinguished alumni include Andy Warhol, Mel Bochner, Joyce Kozloff, Philip Pearlstein, and John Currin, and our current faculty include internationally recognized figures such as Jim Duesing, Suzie Silver, Jon Rubin, Paolo Pedercini, Golan Levin, Angela Washko, and Charlie White. The school’s rich history informs its current position as an expansive platform for creative experimentation and social engagement through art and innovation. From our intimate and focused MFA to our progressive BFA and unique BXA degrees, the School of Art occupies a space of research, creative practices, developing technologies, and new ideas unlike any other art school in the world.

Situated within the city of Pittsburgh, which has been rated the most livable city in the United States as well as one of the top five best cities for creative production and a top-ten tech city in America, the School of Art offers its students a safe, dynamic urban living experience. In close proximity to internationally recognized institutions such as the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Frick, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Mattress Factory, the School of Art sits at the intersection of an international array of cutting-edge exhibitions, performances, and experiments.

CONTACT

School of Art Main Office
5000 Forbes Avenue
CFA 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
412.268.2409
412.268.7817 (fax)
Email: SchoolofArt@cmu.edu

SCHOOL OF ART

A premier location for the interface between art, technology, and interdisciplinary art practice, the School of Art's curriculum combines the advantages of a renowned studio program with the resources of a top-tier university. The School of Art offers two fine arts degrees, the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts, and supports three interdisciplinary degrees known collectively as the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs.

Ranked the #6 Art School
(US News & World Report 2016)
Ranked the #1 for Time-Based Media / New Media
(US News & World Report 2016)

COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS

Founded 1905, the College of Fine Arts was the first comprehensive arts teaching institution in the United States. Today it consists of five schools including, Art, Architecture, Design, Drama, and Music. In addition to the five schools, the College also houses the Frank Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and the Miller Gallery, and supports interdisciplinary units with IDeATE and the BXA degree programs.

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

CMU is a global, multi-disciplinary research university, home to more than 5,000 undergraduates in 80 baccalaureate degree programs, 2,500 graduate students, 3,000 staff and 1,000 faculty.

#23 among National Universities
(US News & World Report 2016)
#22 overall among World Universities
(Times Higher Education 2016)

The School of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, and extended networks in and outside of Pittsburgh provide a number of funding opportunities to support the research and creation of ambitious and socially-engaged works of art.
UNDERGRADUATE

Grant and fellowship opportunities both in and outside of the university are supported by the Undergraduate Research Office (URO) and study abroad services in the Office of International Education (OIE).

Within the College of Fine Arts, the School of Art and Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry also provide annual awards.

AVAILABLE GRANTS 2017-2018:

SURG - Small Undergraduate Research Grant awards one-person CMU undergraduate projects up to $500. Group projects can receive up to $1,000. Grants are given as cash awards for materials and supplies related to the proposed project only, and will not affect financial aid.

SURF - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship awards $3,500 to CMU undergraduates for 8-10 full-time weeks of summer research in any field of study. Graduate Support Program provides some funding and assistance to graduate students applying for grants, conferences and fellowship opportunities both in and outside of the university.

School of Art Awards grants $800 - $1200 per student, and qualify students for College Honors at graduation. Open to all full-time BFA and BXA students in good academic standing. Students submit work during the last two weeks of the spring semester to be evaluated by Art faculty on the following criteria: conceptual depth, technical expertise and development, evidence of creative growth, engagement with the culture from which it emerges, sense of exploration, and demonstrated commitment.

Interdisciplinary Award grants teams consisting of at least one junior, senior or graduate student in the School of Art and at least one collaborator from another department within CFA or CMU to pursue an interdisciplinary project or facilitate interdisciplinary research. A single grant or several smaller grants constituting a total of $3,000 may be awarded each year.

2017 APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4:30pm, FRIDAY - APRIL 15, 2017
Download application

The C.G. Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan Summer Travel Fellowship provides $1,500 to an undergraduate or graduate student in the School of Art to expand their studies through a summer travel project. This fellowship was founded by graduate students Leslie McAhren (MFA '10) and Courtney Dow (MFA '11).

2017 APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4:30pm, FRIDAY - APRIL 15, 2017
Download application

Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier (FRFAF) Grants & Microgrants
Regular FRFAF grants award amounts of $500 and above. Microgrants under $500. Fall & Spring semester deadlines. This endowment is to encourage the creation of innovative artworks by the faculty, students and staff of Carnegie Mellon University. With this fund, the STUDIO seeks to develop a cache of groundbreaking projects created at CMU — works that can be described as “thinking at the edges” of the intersection of disciplines. The Frank-Ratchye Fund supports at least three projects per year, which are selected by a committee twice annually. Any faculty, student or staff person actively affiliated with Carnegie Mellon is eligible to apply, regardless of their home department.

GRADUATE

Carnegie Mellon University's Graduate Support Program offers academically focused seminars and workshops that advise, empower and help retain all graduate students.

AVAILABLE GRANTS 2017-2018: GSA Graduate Conference Funding enables CMU graduate students to make presentations or simply attend conferences in their field of study. This award is for $500 per student and is considered a partial source of support. Graduate students may not receive more than one Conference Funding award per academic year. Approximately 90 awards will be distributed each academic year, which are financed by the Graduate Student Assembly, in collaboration with the Graduate Support Programs Office and the Provost's Office.

GUSH - GradUate Small Project Help Research Grant funding helps students reach their full potential through awards of up to $500 each, to be used against costs incurred in the completion of projects required for thesis and dissertation work. Funds may cover art supplies, datasets, software, chemical reagents, musical accompaniment for required performances, travel to historical and literary archives, and more. Third-year students in the School of Art have had much success in obtaining these funds.

The Patricia Moore Segnan Award established by the School of Art in 2011, subsidizes an MFA group trip to the Venice Biennale every two years.

Interdisciplinary Award grants teams consisting of at least one Junior, Senior or Graduate student in the School of Art and at least one collaborator from another department within CFA or CMU to pursue an interdisciplinary project or facilitate interdisciplinary research. A single grant or several smaller grants constituting a total of $3,000 may be awarded each year.

2017 APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4:30pm, FRIDAY - APRIL 15, 2017
Download application

The C.G. Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan Summer Travel Fellowship provides $1,500 to an Undergraduate or Graduate student in the School of Art to expand their studies through a summer travel project. This fellowship was founded by graduate students Leslie McAhren (MFA '10) and Courtney Dow (MFA '11).

2017 APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4:30pm, FRIDAY - APRIL 15, 2017
Download application

Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier (FRFAF) Grants & Microgrants
Regular FRFAF grants award amounts of $500 and above. Microgrants under $500. Fall & Spring semester deadlines. This endowment is to encourage the creation of innovative artworks by the faculty, students and staff of Carnegie Mellon University. With this fund, the STUDIO seeks to develop a cache of groundbreaking projects created at CMU — works that can be described as “thinking at the edges” of the intersection of disciplines. The Frank-Ratchye Fund supports at least three projects per year, which are selected by a committee twice annually. Any faculty, student or staff person actively affiliated with Carnegie Mellon is eligible to apply, regardless of their home department.

NON-UNIVERSITY GRANTS

School of Art undergraduate and graduate students have had a successful track record receiving support from the following institutions:

The School of Art and university at large provide numerous resources to support students' wellness, growth, and opportunities for success while at Carnegie Mellon.
UNIVERSITY

CMU Course Registration & Policies

Please note for Academic Audit: To access, current students select "On-Line Services" > Academic Audi On-Line. Enter Andrew user ID and password. Follow directions for "BFA in Art" degree.

SCHOOL OF ART

Academic

Administration Forms

Project Forms and Guidelines

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

LOCAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

* affiliated with CMU

+ Overview
The School of Art, housed within one of the most respected research universities in the United States, offers an unparalleled convergence of contemporary art, technology, and critical discourse. Combining a renowned studio program with the interdisciplinary resources of a cutting-edge research environment, the School of Art bridges the fundamental areas of studio practice with the experimental practices of new media, physical computing, and program-based expression. Esteemed faculty provide an intense, professional-level learning environment that fosters experimentation, boundary crossing, and the development of hybrid processes.

Benchmarks of the School include collaborative relationships with innovative learning environments such as the Center for Arts in Society, the Frank Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry and IDeATE; individual studios for all junior and senior BFAs; 24-hour access to state-of-the-art facilities; and a unique curriculum that includes contextual practice, critical theory, and technology alongside traditional programs in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Designed as one of the most progressive environments for student learning, the School of Art offers its undergraduate students either a BFA degree or a hybrid BXA degree, which allows students to merge the humanities and sciences with their creative practice.

Rated the number six art school in the United States, and number one in the area of time-based and new media, the School stands among the world’s leading art programs. At the graduate level, our MFA program offers exceptional funding and individual studios within a small cohort of serious and focused artists. Every MFA student receives a Graduate Assistantship, guaranteeing hands-on experience in the classroom alongside a dynamic visiting lecture series, tailored graduate coursework, and the capstone thesis exhibition.

Distinguished alumni include Andy Warhol, Mel Bochner, Joyce Kozloff, Philip Pearlstein, and John Currin, and our current faculty include internationally recognized figures such as Jim Duesing, Suzie Silver, Jon Rubin, Paolo Pedercini, Golan Levin, Angela Washko, and Charlie White. The school’s rich history informs its current position as an expansive platform for creative experimentation and social engagement through art and innovation. From our intimate and focused MFA to our progressive BFA and unique BXA degrees, the School of Art occupies a space of research, creative practices, developing technologies, and new ideas unlike any other art school in the world.

Situated within the city of Pittsburgh, which has been rated the most livable city in the United States as well as one of the top five best cities for creative production and a top-ten tech city in America, the School of Art offers its students a safe, dynamic urban living experience. In close proximity to internationally recognized institutions such as the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Frick, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Mattress Factory, the School of Art sits at the intersection of an international array of cutting-edge exhibitions, performances, and experiments.

CONTACT

School of Art Main Office
5000 Forbes Avenue
CFA 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
412.268.2409
412.268.7817 (fax)
Email: SchoolofArt@cmu.edu

SCHOOL OF ART

A premier location for the interface between art, technology, and interdisciplinary art practice, the School of Art's curriculum combines the advantages of a renowned studio program with the resources of a top-tier university. The School of Art offers two fine arts degrees, the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts, and supports three interdisciplinary degrees known collectively as the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs.

Ranked the #6 Art School
(US News & World Report 2016)
Ranked the #1 for Time-Based Media / New Media
(US News & World Report 2016)

COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS

Founded 1905, the College of Fine Arts was the first comprehensive arts teaching institution in the United States. Today it consists of five schools including, Art, Architecture, Design, Drama, and Music. In addition to the five schools, the College also houses the Frank Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and the Miller Gallery, and supports interdisciplinary units with IDeATE and the BXA degree programs.

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

CMU is a global, multi-disciplinary research university, home to more than 5,000 undergraduates in 80 baccalaureate degree programs, 2,500 graduate students, 3,000 staff and 1,000 faculty.

#23 among National Universities
(US News & World Report 2016)
#22 overall among World Universities
(Times Higher Education 2016)

+ Grants & Research
The School of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, and extended networks in and outside of Pittsburgh provide a number of funding opportunities to support the research and creation of ambitious and socially-engaged works of art.
UNDERGRADUATE

Grant and fellowship opportunities both in and outside of the university are supported by the Undergraduate Research Office (URO) and study abroad services in the Office of International Education (OIE).

Within the College of Fine Arts, the School of Art and Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry also provide annual awards.

AVAILABLE GRANTS 2017-2018:

SURG - Small Undergraduate Research Grant awards one-person CMU undergraduate projects up to $500. Group projects can receive up to $1,000. Grants are given as cash awards for materials and supplies related to the proposed project only, and will not affect financial aid.

SURF - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship awards $3,500 to CMU undergraduates for 8-10 full-time weeks of summer research in any field of study. Graduate Support Program provides some funding and assistance to graduate students applying for grants, conferences and fellowship opportunities both in and outside of the university.

School of Art Awards grants $800 - $1200 per student, and qualify students for College Honors at graduation. Open to all full-time BFA and BXA students in good academic standing. Students submit work during the last two weeks of the spring semester to be evaluated by Art faculty on the following criteria: conceptual depth, technical expertise and development, evidence of creative growth, engagement with the culture from which it emerges, sense of exploration, and demonstrated commitment.

Interdisciplinary Award grants teams consisting of at least one junior, senior or graduate student in the School of Art and at least one collaborator from another department within CFA or CMU to pursue an interdisciplinary project or facilitate interdisciplinary research. A single grant or several smaller grants constituting a total of $3,000 may be awarded each year.

2017 APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4:30pm, FRIDAY - APRIL 15, 2017
Download application

The C.G. Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan Summer Travel Fellowship provides $1,500 to an undergraduate or graduate student in the School of Art to expand their studies through a summer travel project. This fellowship was founded by graduate students Leslie McAhren (MFA '10) and Courtney Dow (MFA '11).

2017 APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4:30pm, FRIDAY - APRIL 15, 2017
Download application

Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier (FRFAF) Grants & Microgrants
Regular FRFAF grants award amounts of $500 and above. Microgrants under $500. Fall & Spring semester deadlines. This endowment is to encourage the creation of innovative artworks by the faculty, students and staff of Carnegie Mellon University. With this fund, the STUDIO seeks to develop a cache of groundbreaking projects created at CMU — works that can be described as “thinking at the edges” of the intersection of disciplines. The Frank-Ratchye Fund supports at least three projects per year, which are selected by a committee twice annually. Any faculty, student or staff person actively affiliated with Carnegie Mellon is eligible to apply, regardless of their home department.

GRADUATE

Carnegie Mellon University's Graduate Support Program offers academically focused seminars and workshops that advise, empower and help retain all graduate students.

AVAILABLE GRANTS 2017-2018: GSA Graduate Conference Funding enables CMU graduate students to make presentations or simply attend conferences in their field of study. This award is for $500 per student and is considered a partial source of support. Graduate students may not receive more than one Conference Funding award per academic year. Approximately 90 awards will be distributed each academic year, which are financed by the Graduate Student Assembly, in collaboration with the Graduate Support Programs Office and the Provost's Office.

GUSH - GradUate Small Project Help Research Grant funding helps students reach their full potential through awards of up to $500 each, to be used against costs incurred in the completion of projects required for thesis and dissertation work. Funds may cover art supplies, datasets, software, chemical reagents, musical accompaniment for required performances, travel to historical and literary archives, and more. Third-year students in the School of Art have had much success in obtaining these funds.

The Patricia Moore Segnan Award established by the School of Art in 2011, subsidizes an MFA group trip to the Venice Biennale every two years.

Interdisciplinary Award grants teams consisting of at least one Junior, Senior or Graduate student in the School of Art and at least one collaborator from another department within CFA or CMU to pursue an interdisciplinary project or facilitate interdisciplinary research. A single grant or several smaller grants constituting a total of $3,000 may be awarded each year.

2017 APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4:30pm, FRIDAY - APRIL 15, 2017
Download application

The C.G. Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan Summer Travel Fellowship provides $1,500 to an Undergraduate or Graduate student in the School of Art to expand their studies through a summer travel project. This fellowship was founded by graduate students Leslie McAhren (MFA '10) and Courtney Dow (MFA '11).

2017 APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4:30pm, FRIDAY - APRIL 15, 2017
Download application

Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier (FRFAF) Grants & Microgrants
Regular FRFAF grants award amounts of $500 and above. Microgrants under $500. Fall & Spring semester deadlines. This endowment is to encourage the creation of innovative artworks by the faculty, students and staff of Carnegie Mellon University. With this fund, the STUDIO seeks to develop a cache of groundbreaking projects created at CMU — works that can be described as “thinking at the edges” of the intersection of disciplines. The Frank-Ratchye Fund supports at least three projects per year, which are selected by a committee twice annually. Any faculty, student or staff person actively affiliated with Carnegie Mellon is eligible to apply, regardless of their home department.

NON-UNIVERSITY GRANTS

School of Art undergraduate and graduate students have had a successful track record receiving support from the following institutions:

+ Student Resources
The School of Art and university at large provide numerous resources to support students' wellness, growth, and opportunities for success while at Carnegie Mellon.
UNIVERSITY

CMU Course Registration & Policies

Please note for Academic Audit: To access, current students select "On-Line Services" > Academic Audi On-Line. Enter Andrew user ID and password. Follow directions for "BFA in Art" degree.

SCHOOL OF ART

Academic

Administration Forms

Project Forms and Guidelines

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

LOCAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

* affiliated with CMU